Romney Most Popular in Kenya

International Romney vs. Obama survey finds Romney
with highest level of support in…Kenya. (Weekly Standard).

If you ask the man on the street, “In which foreign country do you think Romney has the highest level of support?”, Kenya is about the last country in the world one would expect to hear. Yet that is what the global survey found. (Measured another way, though, Romney is actually most popular in Pakistan, the only place surveyed in which he would win the election outright. Caveat: 75% or so of Pakistanis would abstain from voting in that two-way race).

Why is Romney so relatively popular in Kenya?
Romney’s NW-European ancestry makes him a non-entity to ethnic consciousness in Kenya, except perhaps for lingering anti-White feeling of the oldest of Kenyans, who remember the 1950s and British rule. So it is (almost certainly) not that they like Romney, but that they dislike Obama.

Why in the world would Kenyans dislike Obama? Obama’s father’s is Kenyan, right?! Something strange is going on, inexplicable without more background information.

The short answer is that Kenya is a multi-ethnic society, and many Kenyans dislike Obama Sr.’s tribe.

It is best to point to what Steve Sailer wrote some years ago:

The reason Obama is just about as dark in skin tone as the average African-American even though he is nearly three times as white genetically is because the Luo are darker than most other Africans. Obama describes the crowd at a Nairobi nightclub (p. 364) as comprised of:

“… tall, ink-black Luos and short, brown Kikuyus, Kamba and Meru and Kalenjin…”

Obama’s Luo tribe are one of the tall, thin, very dark “elongated Nilotic” groups who originated in the Southern Sudan. They are rather like their relatives, the famously tall Dinka and Nuer, only not quite as much. In contrast, most Africans today (and almost all African-Americans) are primarily descended from the “Bantu expansion” that originated in the Nigeria-Cameroon area of West Africa.

So, Obama is half-East-African Nilotic, and half NW-European (likely) CroMagnidAtlantid, via his mother.

Turning to Kenya’s ethnoracial situation:

Language remains the major feature that distinguishes tribal affiliation. For two thirds of all Kenyans, the common language is of Bantu origin. Only three percent of the population are Cushite-speaking Kenyans although they occupy the largest geographic area. The reminder of the population speak Nilotic languages. These three language structures successfully bind together a diverse country of more than 40 different ethnic groups.

These are general proxies for racial-stock: 66% Bantu-Negroids (similar to the darker American-Blacks), 31% Nilotic (tall and thin), 3% Other.

Nilotics and Bantus often don’t get along (The tall-and-thin Tutsi of Rwanda are ethnic-Nilotics). In Kenya, it’s the same: “Ever since Kenyan independence in 1963, Kenyan politics have been characterized by ethnic tensions and rivalry between the larger groups, devolving into ethnic violence in the 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis.” (Wiki ). Sailer has documented that Obama was shocked, on one of his trips to Kenya, to discover a lack of pan-Black racial solidarity against Whites, as exists in the West:

“The Luo are intelligent but lazy,” [Obama’s relatives] would say. Or “The Kikuyu are money-grubbing but industrious.” Or “The Kalenjins — well, you can see what’s happened to the country since they took over.”

Hearing my aunts traffic in such stereotypes, I would try to explain to them the error of their ways. [At this point, Obama has spent a little less than two weeks in his life in Africa –Sailer’s comment] “It’s thinking like that that holds us back,” I would say. “We’re all part of one tribe. The black tribe. The human tribe. Look what tribalism has done to places like Nigeria or Liberia.”

And Jane would say, “Ah, those West Africans are all crazy anyway. You know they used to be cannibals, don’t you?”

So, why does Obama win only 66-18 in Kenya: Probably just about everyone in Kenya knows that Barack Hussein Obama Senior was a Nilotic of the Luo tribe. If Obama Jr. has near-unanimous support among Kenya’s Nilotics, that would suggest that only half of Kenya’s Bantus support the half-Nilotic Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

Proposed Ethnic Breakdown:
Kenya’s Nilotics: 100% Support Obama
Kenya’s Bantu-Negroids: 50% Support Obama, 25% Support Romney, 25% Oppose both

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8 Responses to Romney Most Popular in Kenya

  1. james wilson says:

    It’s all fascinating, whether or not Sr. is related to Jr. Which he isn’t.

    It is the same in Cameroon, where they have many more tribes, languages–and ethnic jokes to prove it– than Kenya, although in Cameroon there is no threat of ethnic war. Language and custom are more important in creating differences and conflict than race. But now in the West we seem determined to test all three.

    • Hail says:

      Language and custom are more important in creating…conflict than race

      Kenya’s Bantu-vs-Nilotic dynamic encompasses language, custom, and racial-stock: are all different between these two meta-groups.

  2. François says:

    When there is a democratic election in some African country, French africanist Bernard Lugan can predict the exact result in advance and the troubles following that election. How does he do it? He knows the population of the different ethnicities of that country and which candidates they are backing. Blood is thicker than an electoral platform.

  3. Hail says:

    Just today, we get the following from the BBC:

    Kenya restricts ‘hate’ texting for elections

    Kenya’s political parties have been banned from sending any bulk text messages to voters without the approval of state regulators. The move is intended to prevent parties from sending out hate messages during next year’s elections, the state regulator said.

    More than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic violence that hit Kenya after the 2007 disputed elections. Some analysts say hate-filled text messages helped fuel the conflict.

    Francis Wangusi — the director-general of the regulatory body, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) — said parties would have to submit to it bulk text messages for vetting 48 hours before sending them out. He said parties could send the messages in the two main languages — English and kiSwahili — and not in any of the other languages spoken among Kenya’s ethnic groups.

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    Well, its very true that luos are very intelligent people in kenya. in most of the intellectuall fields they thrive, infact they are very innovative and inventive in areas like medicine, engeneering, law and others.

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